Today's passage: 1 Chronicles 29:1-30
- Everything we have belongs to the Lord. When we give, we get to give from what He has granted us to steward with joyful willing hearts.
- Solomon is called the Lord's ruler/prince and sat upon the Lord's Throne (Verses 22-23). This continues to confirm that everything we have belongs to God, and that any leader leads only whom God has given them to steward.
- David's desire for Solomon was that he would follow the Lord with an undivided heart (Verse 19). As we pursue the Lord whole-heartedly, we progressively become the kind of people who serve and lead with greater and greater excellence. Leadership, service, and lifestyle are not characteristics or skills that exist outside of our relationship with God.
Questions to consider:
- While we might have been amazed to see all those precious metals and stones, how does David set about correcting our perspective on what is the greatest value and worth in the universe? What are this world's greatest possessions to our Creator God?
- None of us have yet achieved perfectly undivided love and loyalty to the Lord. But, by God's grace, as we grow in this, what present issues or concerns in your life would look different, would you fear less, etc. as you grow in your whole-hearted love for God?
- What do the truths of verses 11 and 12 call on all mankind to do? Since God is head above all and the ruler and owner of all things, how must we live? Why are these truths so critical to our understanding of our need for the gospel? Why did Jesus have to die? How did God respond to our failure to acknowledge Him for who He is?